Book Review: Game Play by Lynda Aicher

Title: Game Play
Author: Lynda Aicher

Genre: Romance, Erotica

Publisher: Carina Press
Publishing Date: February 16, 2015

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. 

Series or Stand Alone: Power Play #1

One night, one time, nothing more. That’s all it was supposed to be. They’d agreed their first night together would be their only night together- and Minnesota Glaciers denfenseman Dylan Rylie was fine with that. Giant hickeys and claw marks on his ass had never been his style, even if the very memory of Samantha Yates’s merciless sexual energy gets him hard within seconds. He needs to focus on getting a better contract, not mind-blowing orgasms.

One night, one time, nothing more. Fresh off representing the US at the Games and with nowhere else to play, Samantha gave in to one night of frantic passion with the Glaciers’ brawny hotshot. She couldn’t get hurt- not if she controlled the outcome. And she planned to leave Minnesota soon, anyway. She didn’t expect to be recruited to coach Dylan after they’d gotten down and dirty.

When brutal on-ice workouts lead to kinky locker room sessions and “one night” falls by the wayside, Samantha insists on keeping things casual, despite Dylan’s quiet hope for more. But when Dylan goes down hard- and his career is in jeopardy, Samantha is the first one by his side. What will it take to keep her there after he’s healed?

Review: 
Samantha Yates played for the US hockey team in the Olympic Games but after the Games ended so did her hockey career. She refuses to play on a women’s professional team since they don’t get paid like the men’s pro hockey players do. Therefore, she decides to leave her hockey dream behind becoming resentful of any hockey players. When she meets Minnesota Glaciers defenseman, Dylan Rylie, she is instantly attracted to him which leads to one night of passion. At least that’s what they agreed to.

Dylan can’t get Samantha off his mind so he asks his coach to get her to help him with his hockey game. It becomes obvious quickly that neither of them can keep their hands off each other. Dylan gets injured during a game and Samantha rushes to be at his side. As he heals, Samantha tries to find a way not to fall for him. Dylan’s goal of getting a renewal on his contract and Samantha’s goal of getting away from hockey are keeping them apart.

Samantha’s struggle with leaving hockey makes her bitter and resentful, and she is unable to be happy for anybody else’s success in hockey. I felt that by her being so resentful of the fact that she couldn’t play pro hockey and get paid for it, she was forgetting her accomplishments. I really liked her character because she wasn’t a girly-girl but she was afraid to lose any control.

Dylan was easy to fall for. He was sweet, hot, and willing to give it a try with Samantha even though he wasn’t looking for a relationship. It was a nice change to see a guy going after the girl even when she kept pushing him away. The sex scenes were steamy. Overall, this was a great read. I just wish there had been a little more about Dylan’s past included to understand his cowboy image better.

Rating: 4 stars